- Define skip-level meeting.
- Describe the purpose and process of skip-level meetings.
- Identify types of skip-level meetings.
- Explain the best way to set the stage for a skip-level meeting.
- Examine behaviors to avoid.
- Examine the role of the excluded boss.
- Prepare for future meetings.
Skill Level Intermediate
- When people think of meetings, they think of sitting around a table with their peers and possibly their boss. But a new type of meeting is emerging that changes this dynamic. They're called skip-level meetings. That's when a manager proactively meets with one or more employees below them in the hierarchy without having their direct supervisor present, thus a level was skipped. Skip-levels are becoming well known as great ways to build rapport and keep people in the loop across levels of the organization. Given the fact that you're skipping a level, it is important to know exactly how to approach this type of event.
In this course, we'll address everything you need to know, starting with how to schedule this unique type of meeting and how to facility the meeting in a manner that gets people involved. I'll offer several specific tips you can use to encourage input and feedback from everyone involved. We'll even discuss the important roll of the manager who's being skipped. Organizations are nothing more than a series of teams nested within other teams. Building bridges across those different teams is one of the keys to building a high-performing company.
And skip-level are a terribly useful place to begin. So let's get started.